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* Months before his home was raided by the FBI, Philadelphia City Councilman Bobby Henon introduced legislation to close an ethics loophole by expanding the city’s conflict of interest code to nonprofits.



* AG Kathleen Kane’s former deputy and lover Adrian King testified that she was “trying to frame” him for her office’s grand jury leaks, writes the Morning Call.

* Seperately, former AG aide Bruce Beemer testified that his “heart sank” when Kane ordered him to kill off a key corruption investigation, Newsworks reports.

* Trailing opponent Katie McGinty in polls, U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey called a snap press conference to again blast immigrant-friendly “sanctuary cities,” writes the Inquirer.

* Former Philadelphia mayoral candidate Doug Oliver has joined PECO, serving as the utility’s spokesperson, reports the Inquirer.

* After losing a civil rights lawsuit, courts in Philadelphia have begun moving some mentally ill defendants from prison to treatment centers, according to the Inquirer.

* An NYU study showed that at least 126 people in Philadelphia – and 726 people statewide – die each year due to poor air quality, the Inquirer reports.

* The City of Pittsburgh reached a deal in a feud over $18 million in gambling revenues frozen by its Intergovernmental Cooperation Authority, according to the Tribune-Review.

* Faculty at PA’s state universities, working under a long-expired labor contract, held a preliminary strike authorization vote, writes the Tribune-Review.

* The U.S. Labor Dept. has awarded PA a $250,000 grant to explore developing a state family leave program, the Post-Gazette reports.

* At a special summer hearing, state lawmakers heard testimony that PA’s elections codes and voting machines are critically outdated, Newsworks reports.

* The City of Scranton has barred AirBnB rentals from certain residentially zoned areas, the Times-Tribune writes.


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* Donald Trump called President Barack Obama “the founder of ISIS” in a speech, CNN reports.

* Leaked emails show that Hillary Clinton likely violated an ethics agreement to separate her charity work at the Clinton Foundation from politics, according to Politico.

* Locked into personal attacks on each other, both presidential candidates have largely ignored the key issue of poverty in America, according to the New York Times.



* The PennLive editorial board wants to know what more US Sen. Pat Toomey needs to know before he stops waffling and decides whether or not to endorse Trump.

* As battles over voter ID laws continue in court and legislatures, the Morning Call’s Bill White revisits his painfully illustrative experience of trying to get an approved ID in PA.

* After an Evening Sun investigation found 15 priests accused of child sexual abuse had ties to the Harrisburg diocese, the paper is curious when the AG’s office will follow up.

* An Observer-Reporter editorial tries to figure out if Gov. Wolf’s severance tax on the natural gas industry is dead or if it will be revived when the industry turns around.

* Increased regional collaboration, like that between Harborcreek and Lawrence Park townships, is crucial for Erie County’s future, writes the Times-News.

* Newsworks’ Dick Polman doesn’t know which is harder to believe: that Trump dog-whistled for the assassination of Clinton, or that GOP leadership didn’t rebuke him.

* The Pocono Record raises a glass to the continued privatization of liquor sales in PA, no matter how slow the process may be.

* The York Dispatch laments the poor timing of PA Rep. Kevin Schreiber’s decision not to run for re-election.

* The Daily Times explores the hard options left for Chester after a state-appointed consultant recommended draconian cuts to stanch the city’s river of red ink.


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KICKER: "If I get taken out of here in handcuffs, what do you think my last act will be?" – Kathleen Kane allegedly threatening her aide Bruce Beemer with termination if he discussed her office’s leak of grand jury material. From Newsworks.